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Subject:  Re: OT: Self-injection Date:  7/25/2003  11:22 AM
Author:  CompositeUtility Number:  205 of 2885

Thanks for all of your replies and help.

I reread my instructions, and turns out it is a subcutaneous injection after all.

Got the actual prefilled syringes, and they are pretty tiny - 0.4 mL, don't know what gauge the needle is. (C$250 for 0.4 mL -- now that's an expensive fluid. And there's only 80 ug of the active protein in it. $1.4 billion a pound! Man, am I ever in the wrong business.)

Tried the hint of using an ice pack to numb the area a bit, and I think it also helped me focus. The needle went in well; a bit of discomfort when I actually injected the Aranesp, but overall not bad at all. I certainly didn't freak out like I was worried I would.

So thanks for your help -- I did it!

Kevin :)
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